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Top new comics at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase

Twenty of South Africa's up-and-coming stand-up comedians will be performing at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase on Sunday, 29 May, 2016, at the Soweto Theatre, Joburg, to find out if they're the funniest newcomers around - funny enough to be nominated for the Savanna Newcomer Award at this year's 6th Annual South African Savanna Comics' Choice Awards.
The Savanna Newcomer Showcase kicks off as the first event on this year’s awards' calendar. Each of the 20 new comedians (many of whom have never performed to a large theatre audience) will have exactly five minutes to do a stand-up comedy set, while seasoned comedians and the comedy-loving public look – and laugh – on. The aim of the event is to give the newcomers a platform to show the industry what they’re made of, so that the industry knows who to vote for.

Top new comics at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase

What’s more, look forward to special guest performances and appearances by previous Savanna Newcomer Award winners Yaaseen Barnes (2015), Loyiso Madinga (2014), Schalk Bezuidenhout (2013), Dillan Oliphant (2012), and Deep Fried Man (2011).

Audience vote

Even though the Savanna Newcomer Award is not open to public vote, as a special thank you to comedy lovers, members of the public attending the showcase will be able to vote for their favourite comedian on the night. These public votes will be tallied together with the industry’s votes to select five nominees who’ll be announced on 6 July.

Doors open at the Soweto Theatre at 2.30pm for a pre-show shish nyama, banging house tunes from Kaya FM DJs and a complimentary Savanna Premium Cider on arrival. Ticket holders will not only have the chance to mingle with the future of stand-up comedy before the showcase kicks off at 4.30pm, but as this will be the place to be, they’ll get to rub shoulders with the best comedians in SA and top local celebs.

Tickets are R100 and are on sale at, Pick ‘n Pay stores and Tickets will also be on sale at the door, subject to availability.

Go to for more information and to buy tickets to the 6th Annual South African Comics’ Choice Awards on 3 September, 2016, at the Teatro at Montecasino.

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